Many engineers feel that they are not sufficiently compensated for their work—and that is apparently true when it comes to the 7.1% of them who hold down second jobs. The statistics come from a 1997 National Science Foundation study that examined the demographics of working scientists and engineers who work at two jobs. Money, in fact, could have a lot to do with it. Engineers with a second job reported earnings 20% lower than the average for their counterparts with just a single job. Take note that the study is five years old. These days, many engineers probably would be more than happy to have even one job.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
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